the whole story

by rantywoman

Americans are a proactive people. We like to believe that our destinies are wholly within our control, and that everyone gets exactly what she deserves. The “choice” myth is therefore very powerful in all kinds of ways, including in our conversations about women’s fertility. Indeed, it provides the self-identification for an entire movement — though some women who terminate pregnancies undoubtedly do so precisely because they feel they have no real choice. If postmodernism has taught us nothing else, it is that we should hold notions of human autonomy very lightly. Self-determination is a highly tempting narrative that, while sometimes accurate and often convenient, just doesn’t come close to telling the whole story.